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Where’d You Get That Number? The Process Behind Therapeutic Drug Guidelines In Racing

As the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continues its fight for uniform medication guidelines across states, it is perhaps no surprise that the group has encountered opposition. Some horsemen and veterinarians have protested the practicality of the guidelines, complaining that they do not allow for adequate treatment of actual health problems with therapeutic medications. Others […]

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‘My Sanctuary’: Anatomy Of A Two-Year-Old Sale With Gary Contessa

It’s easy to skip over five-figure sales when skimming through the list of results at Thoroughbred auctions like the recent OBS Spring Sale. A closer look reveals that even deals in the middle of the market are as drama-packed as those topping the sessions. This morning was supposed to be a quiet one for trainer […]

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The Breeders' Cup was last held at Churchill Downs in 2011
Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn’t about the money you can be sure of one thing: It’s about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders’ Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time in 2018, it will have been seven years since the Louisville, Ky., racetrack played host to horse racing’s […]

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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Wagering On The ‘Exchange’

If you’ve been around the U.S. racing biz long enough, you’ve probably heard about the prospect of exchange wagering. It’s a fast-paced, lock-in-your-odds, peer-to-peer alternative to the tote betting that has existed for decades in this country. After years of lobbying by Betfair to import it from Europe, exchange wagering is finally here. In this week’s […]

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PR Special OBS April: Endoscopes, Storm Cat, Paulina’s Love

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition of the PR Special, Denise Steffanus takes a look whether examination with an endoscope can spread disease.  Frank Mitchell turns his Stallion Spotlight on the impact of […]

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Bridlewood’s New Owners: Investing In A Vision

When John and Leslie Malone purchased Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., general manager George Isaacs had just finished dispersing the stock of longtime owner Arthur Appleton, who died in 2013. Isaacs had made much of his career at Bridlewood, serving as manager for nearly 20 years. The Malones had plans to turn the farm into […]

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PR Special OBS April: How Much For That Graded Stakes Winner?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick does some research into average auction prices of graded stakes winners. Frank Mitchell turns his Stallion Spotlight on the influence of A.P. […]

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Block: Resigning Over Arlington Park’s ‘Hijacking’ Of Illinois Groups, Live Racing

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary on the state of Illinois racing was submitted by David Block, a leading Illinois owner and breeder. Block said it explains “Why I resign from the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Foundation and plead for an end to Arlington Park’s destruction of live racing and breeding in Illinois.”) I won […]

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Will there be a bidding war to attract California Chrome later this year?
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Chrome Drama, Derby Intrigue

Even when he’s not racing, the consensus top horse in North America seems to attract headlines. This week, there were rumblings about California Chrome’s connections seeking a substantial purse increase for races this summer interested in attracting the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Dubai World Cup winner. Meanwhile, this year’s Kentucky Derby field will mostly be […]

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Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos race course, imposed a house rule using hair testing
Los Alamitos Owner: I ‘Couldn’t Go On’ If Opponents Prevail In Drug Testing Case

Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, Calif., may have lost a court ruling last month to prevent him from using hair testing to enforce a 2015 house rule banning clenbuterol in Quarter Horses, but he is not giving up on the issue without a fight. “You can be assured I’m […]

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